Remember it’s not a police state because Washington elite hacks say it isn’t. We now have learned that not only is the government spying on American citizens’ phone calls, emails, and social media accounts, but that surveillance drones are also in use. The disclosure came by FBI Director Robert Mueller at a Senate hearing.
|By: DSWright Wednesday June 19, 2013 12:05 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 19, 2013 2:00 pm|
A federal appeals court is hearing argument over whether the government should have to obtain a warrant before using GPS tracking. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is in court to argue against warrantless GPS tracking.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 5, 2013 4:48 pm|
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who sent three letters to CIA director nominee John Brennan requesting an answer on “whether the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a US citizen on US soil,” finally received an answer from Attorney General Eric Holder. The answer indicates the administration of President Barack Obama does, in fact, believe it has the power to assassinate US citizens on US soil with lethal force.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 18, 2013 9:16 am|
A federal judge dismissed complaints in a lawsuit alleging former Justice Department officials violated the rights of Arab or Muslim immigrants in the immediate months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights, sought to hold the officials accountable for subjecting the immigrants to harsh confinement on the basis of their race, national origin and religion. Still, the judge allowed claims of violations against prison staff to proceed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 30, 2012 1:59 pm|
Classified Woman: A Memoir is a stirring book that takes us through the injustice Edmonds has endured starting during the Bush Administration. In her job as a language specialist, she finds out the FBI has been covering up information related to the September 11th attacks. She figures out the FBI has been penetrated by a Turkish translator named Melek Can Dickerson and her husband, who have engaged in illegal transactions that involve shielding potential targets from intelligence operations. She realizes any investigation of Dickerson would “shine a light on major cover-ups initiated by the State Department ” and expose crimes committed by “high-placed US officials.” She feels uneasy but knows she cannot turn back. And so she decides to pursue appropriate channels to let the proper people know all this but is forced to choose between having a career and pursuing accountability.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 3, 2012 11:00 am|
Author Tim Weiner masterfully tells the story of J. Edgar Hoover’s rise to prominence in the FBI and the trouble experienced after Hoover-era and Watergate scandals were exposed. Then he charts the evolution of the FBI under director Robert Mueller and expresses great confidence that Mueller will go down in history as the best director ever. But there is another side to Mueller’s tenure at the FBI.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 23, 2012 4:15 pm|
Guidelines for how long officials at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), a “clearinghouse” for terrorism established after the September 11th attacks, are being expanded to allow for the retention of information on US citizens with no ties to terrorism.
The expanded guidelines allow for the NCTC to hold information for up to five years instead of 180 days, which was the requirement for information on US citizens not suspected of terrorism.
|By: Cynthia Kouril Sunday July 17, 2011 1:59 pm|
Threat Matrix is a “biography” of the FBI’s development of counter terrorism capabilities from the days of state sponsored terrorism through the rise of domestic terrorism and to the new world of NGO
(non-governmental organizations) terrorism.
|By: emptywheel Friday June 10, 2011 8:55 am|
National Counterterrorism Center head Michael Leiter resigned yesterday. After all, we spent most of Wednesday morning, during Robert Mueller’s confirmation hearing for an unusual two-year extension, talking about the importance of continuity
|By: emptywheel Wednesday May 25, 2011 5:51 pm|
The whole case depends on the FBI’s contention that a flask Ivins had–RMR-1029–was “the murder weapon.” But in fact, the FBI only has proof that Ivins had what might be one of eight or more potential precursors to the murder weapon. Their efforts to equate the two ignore some interim steps about which they seem to have little evidence (and what they have they’re not examining very closely).